European Youth Olympics Festival

Lena Gabršček


28 years old

Sitting volleyball

European Sitting Volleyball Championship 2009, 2011, 2015, Intercontinential Sitting Volleyball Championship 2010, Paralympic Games London 2012

English, German, Croatian, Italian


What are your passions and hobbies?

All kinds of volleyball (standing, beach, sitting), hiking, reading, nature.


What is your secret superpower (or one you would like to have)?

Putting a smile on peoples faces! It already works on many occasions but there’s still some space for improvements.


What is your favourite dish from your country?

Prekmurska gibanica.


Who is the most inspiring athlete for you?

Primož Roglič (Slovenian cyclist).


The words I live by are… (motivational quote)

Be proud of who you are and let a smile be your best friend.


What motivated you to apply for the EYOA programme?

I love working with people and everything related to sports, so the EYOA programme is a perfect combination.


What are your goals as an EYOA?

To motivate young athletes to become not just better athletes but the best versions of themselves.


What would be your dream job in the future?

I would like to own a rehabilitation centre and a training camp base for athletes.


What are your expectations from being an EYOA and the EYOF in Vuokatti (FIN)?

Get to know as many new people as possible and learn as much as possible.


What does Olympism mean to you?

It means being the best version of yourself.